Sunshine Sessions: Cannabis Events

The best and biggest cannabis events across the country this summer.

The calendars of cannabis industry celebrities must be overflowing — since a wave of legalization began to sweep the country in 2012, it seems as if there’s a Cannabis Cup, festival or conference happening every weekend of the year.

No season is more packed with juicy cannabis events than summer, and as everyone knows, the longest days of the year are best spent with like-minded friends, sunshine and unlimited access to some of the best cannabis products around.

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Mexico Legalizes Medical Cannabis

Mexico legalizes medical cannabis, but for now needy patients will only be offered products with less than 1 percent THC.

Mexico has legalized medical cannabis. President Enrique Pena Nieto signed a measure this week that received overwhelming support in both the Senate and Chamber of Deputies to create a narrow band of legal products with room for expansion. Mexico joins Canada, Colombia, Chile and a handful of other countries, mostly in Europe, with this humane and common sense decision.

Pena Nieto, once a staunch opponent of marijuana, has become a champion. The War on Drugs has done incredible harm to his country, and he has become all too familiar with how prohibition enriches and empowers the cartels that control swaths of Mexico.

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THE CANNABIS RENAISSANCE: Is The Pinnacle of Cannabis Creativity Now?

Nestled in the rolling Italian hillsides lies the home of the greatest emergence of art known to mankind: Florence. In the 15th century, the town brought us the likes of Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Donatello…and that’s just the starting lineup. Historians, sociologists, psychologists and even geologists have tried to understand how and why a renaissance happened in this tiny town.

I say this renaissance because there have been multiple, despite historians forgoing the official title. The musical renaissance in 17th century Vienna, the philosophical renaissance of 15th century Edinburgh, the technological renaissance in Silicon Valley; all sudden bursts of profound creativity, defining their fields for centuries to come.

Examining the commonalities in past cultural epicenters, it would appear we are at the forefront of a cannabis renaissance in places such as Denver, Portland, Seattle—even Anchorage. Creativity steams from every corner in legalized states. The Cannabis Renaissance is upon us, and here’s why:

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MESSING WITH MONTANA’S METHODS: Setbacks for Medical Cannabis in Big Sky Country

Montana is a sweeping vista kind of state, with a diverse group of both liberals and conservatives, including some Hollywood-types, who have decided to carve out a bit of the state for themselves. They seek a calm, natural, healing life.

When it comes to legalizing medical cannabis, however, the back and forth between lawmakers, patients and business owners has been as unsettling as a Montana gully-washer for years. Lawmakers are still discussing details of the November, 2016 victory, where 57 percent of voters voted to expand the state’s medical marijuana system.

This passage came about after years of challenges in the courts and polls to limit or kill the bill, forcing some patients out of the program. Voters overwhelmingly approved medical marijuana in 2004, which was then repealed in 2011.

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Solstice Strains for Summer

Enjoy all the activities of the summer months with these uplifting strains.

It’s officially summer! Whether you’re taking time off from a busy college schedule or carving out extra time around your busy work schedule, this is when socializing is at an all-time high. That means it’s time to get out in the sunshine with some sativas that will keep you in a good mood without making you feel tired, sluggish or sleepy. For people preparing for festivals, nights out dancing, activity-packed vacations or just a lazy weekend at the house, this list of uplifting strains can help keep you in good spirits while you take on a day of back-to-back plans.

Sour Diesel

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MA Guts Pot Industry Protections for People of Color

When Massachusetts’ voters passed Question 4 last November it included clear language for diversity and inclusion in the forthcoming legal cannabis industry. Now lawmakers and activists are furious that the state’s omnibus cannabis bill does not match the vision of the drafters or will of the voters.

As the discussion around inclusion in the cannabis industry for those communities most affected by the War on Drugs has snowballed over the last couple years, Massachusetts was one of the places industry observers were pointing to as an example of concrete steps being made in that direction. The issue has picked up major steam at the municipal level in places like Oakland, California, but Massachusetts’ actions at the state level would set a high bar for the future.

But now things have gone sideways, and everyone from the bill’s authors to the Boston City Council is up in arms at the bravado of Beacon Hill’s actions — just down the street from the last team in Major League Baseball to integrate black players.

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Move Over Marijuana: Hemp Had a Good Year Too

More states than ever are opening up to industrial hemp.

Eight out of nine cannabis decriminalization ballot measures passing during the 2016 general election — it was a banner year for cannabis. But while pot puns proliferated in the headlines, marijuana’s botanical cousin saw decidedly less coverage.

Nonetheless, hemp had its milestones too: four states passed some sort of hemp-specific legislation in 2016, several hemp programs were enacted, and three out of four successful adult-use initiatives included hemp in their texts.

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Fight Night Highlights: Top Pot Moments in Combat Sports

WBC Heavyweight Champion, Deontay Wilder, was recently busted with pot in Alabama after he took the wrong car out from his fleet, so we’re looking back at some of our favorite ridiculous pot moments in combat sports.

You can’t blame Deontay Wilder for trying to keep things under wraps; many of the sports where you’re putting life and limb on the line in a fairly literal sense are extra harsh on athletes who choose to use cannabis outside the ring, cage or dohyō… ring thing used in traditional Japanese sumo wrestlers.

Whether it be 5-year bans like the one Nevada’s State Athletic Commission tried to stamp on Nick Diaz, continued issues for other medical marijuana patients who fight or just haters, cannabis consuming athletes have plenty to put up with.

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Book Review: ‘The Cannabis Health Index’

Book explores 100 different conditions and diseases that can be treated with cannabis.

There was a time when cannabis books were, few and far between. They consisted mainly of cultivation books (almost all of them authored by Ed Rosenthal), a few cooking with cannabis titles and autobiographies of drug dealers. Then came the period where medical cannabis books began to appear but they were so outrageously priced that no one could afford them. But times have changed. At the recent 11th National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics in Berkeley, California the conference bookstore was overflowing with titles on all aspects of cannabis and, in particular, medical cannabis.

Some authors, it seems, have seen the writing on the wall and anticipate the day when cannabis textbooks will be needed for budding (pardon the pun) cannabis clinicians. A handful of colleges have begun to teach students about the endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS) and a smaller number are offering cannabis certification courses. Students need books and authors like Uwe Blesching are writing them.

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Vermont Legalization Deal Likely This Week

 

Despite a disappointing gubernatorial veto, Vermont’s historic legalization bill could still move forward — this week.

Vermont came within a stroke of Gov. Rick Scott’s pen of becoming the first state to legalize marijuana through the regular old legislative process, rather than put the hard and dirty work to voters.

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